It’s easy to forget that Kathleen Blake, the estimable chef and owner of the critically acclaimed Rusty Spoon in downtown Orlando, was the opening chef de cuisine at Primo by Melissa Kelly at the JW Marriott in Orlando. Kelly tapped Blake to lead the restaurant when it opened in 2003 as a second location for her popular Maine restaurant.
Although Blake moved on to her own successful restaurant, the two chefs have remained friends. And as part of Rusty Spoon’s fifth anniversary celebration, they will collaborate on a special Earth Day dinner on Friday, April 22, at the restaurant at 55 W. Church St. The dinner is meant to celebrate not only their 20-year friendship but also the Central Florida’s farmers and culinary artisans. Primo, you’ll recall, was one of the early innovators of the farm to table movement, a concept that Blake continued with the Spoon.
The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is priced at $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 407-401-8811.